They say there’s no smoke without fire.
And this latest rumour, combined with the one from last week, gives you a pretty clear indication about where the club are focusing on during the January transfer window.
According to a report in The Sun, the Blues are one of a number of clubs that are interested in bringing in former Premier League stopper Asmir Begovic. The Bosnian is currently out on loan at Azerbaijani side Qarabag, but with the deal expiring on 31st December, he could very well be looking for a new club come January.
I spoke last week when the club were linked with Craig MacGillivray that the club didn’t need to spend money on bringing in another goalkeeper, purely because I feel that Moha Ramos needs to be the ‘next in line’ when it comes to the goalkeeping hierarchy, and my view on the position remains the same.
However, if Begovic is willing to come in as a backup, willing to sit on the bench in case of an emergency, whilst at the same time acting as a tutor to players like Ramos and the incumbent goalkeeper Connal Trueman, then I think that would be an avenue for the club to pursue. Although with the report stating his wages are currently £60,000 per week, it might take a lot of negotiating for that money to be seen as favourable in the eyes of the club.
And given how the dagger of Financial Fair Play is dangling over St Andrew’s, that seems incredibly unlikely to happen.
Do the Blues need to bring in another goalkeeper?
It seems obvious that the club are looking to bolster the ranks when it comes to goalkeepers, I just hope that they manage to make the right decision, or as I said when talking about MacGillivray, it could end up being a waste of money that could have gone elsewhere in the team.